ASDA’s membership is made up of more than 22,000 dental and predental students from dental schools and undergraduate institutions across the United States. Each month, ASDA profiles one member in the e-newsletter Word of Mouth. Likewise, one legislative liaison is profiled in the monthly e-newsletter Advocacy Brief. Below you’ll find student profiles from the past two months.
If you would like to be featured in Word of Mouth, contact Publications Manager Kim Kelly at Kim@ASDAnet.org. Legislative liaison spotlights are chosen by ASDA’s Council on Advocacy. If you’re a legislative liaison and would like to be featured, reach out to your legislative coordinator to discuss future opportunities.
Name: Stella Christina Stavrou
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Chapter: Stony Brook
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: President (2015-2016)
Plans after graduation: After I graduate, I hope to find some time to travel.
Favorite ASDA benefit: I joined ASDA as a predental student and ever since I would have to say the “lifelong networking” is one of the greatest benefits in my membership in ASDA.
Last good book you read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Hannah Montana “Nobody’s Perfect”
Personal possession that you can’t live without: Headphones
Unique hobby or interest: I am a huge advocate for dedicating time to keeping a healthy well-being. Whether it is running in an obstacle course race, going on a nature walk, or even mellowing out to some music or Netflix, it is so important to keep something to maintain a balance in your life.
Legislative Liaison Spotlight
Meet Houston's legislative liaison, Glennis Katzmark.
Glennis Katzmark is a repeat legislative liaison for an ASDA chapter that takes their advocacy very seriously and has been a force since day one! Glennis is currently the third-year legislative liaison for Houston ASDA and the District Legislative Liaison and Chair for Advocacy for District 9. Last year, the ASDA Council on Advocacy named Glennis Legislative Liaison of the Year. As the new academic year gets underway, she will be working hard to continue the strong advocacy success she enjoyed last year.
With her solid background and experience, Glennis is helping Houston ASDA and all dental students at the state and national levels by being very involved with the Texas Dental Association (TDA). Houston ASDA sent a whopping 35 students to Texas State Lobby Day in conjunction with the TDA (not to mention an impressive 12 students to National Lobby Day). With the help of the TDA, she and Houston ASDA founded their Advocacy Academy, which informs Houston ASDA dental students on important issues, prepares them to discuss those issues and trains them to be successful with legislators. The TDA has been so happy with the success of the Advocacy Academy that they are going to incorporate all other Texas dental schools in the coming year. Quite a victory!
Glennis' impact as a legislative liaison is a major win for Houston ASDA, District 9, and advocacy efforts moving forward. She is committed to ASDA advocacy efforts and organized dentistry, hard-working, and enthusiastic; and we are lucky to have her!
Name: Brantley McCarty
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: District 5 Predental Coordinator, Student Government President
Plans after graduation: Find a job! (Fingers crossed)
Favorite ASDA benefit: Networking with other dental students all around the United States
Last good book you read: "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The large ratio of Eminem and Taylor Swift songs compared to everything else
Personal possession that you can’t live without: Personal item would be my iPhone, but one actual thing I could not live without would be ICE - I can't drink anything without it!
Unique hobby or interest: Collecting sea glass, juggling and picking the perfect Instagram filter
Name: Irmgart Mitchell, BPT
Dental School: Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Position held at dental school: Director, Student Services
Dental school you graduated from: Loma Linda University School of Physical Therapy
Degree: BS, PT
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My husband, Dr. Gregory Mitchell, retired from private practice and began working at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD). Being retired from practicing physical therapy and for years having worked in collegiate and youth ministry, I had a passion to work with the students here at LLUSD. Serving the students with their needs, being here to support and encourage them as they move towards their careers has been very fulfilling. I’m also happy to offer my experience and knowledge as a physical therapist through lectures on injury prevention in dentistry and one-on-one advice.
How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA is a great source of information and support for students, helping to prepare them for transition into their dental profession, teaching to put into practice now what they will need in the future, to get out from under the student debt load and flourish in a successful practice. ASDA encourages leadership as students and for the future dentist, a means to build support and strength as the profession addresses issues that affect the oral health of the people of this nation.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: The wisest thing anyone in any walk of life can do is to see outside of oneself and to be open and available to care for the needs of those around. I appreciate so much the strong emphasis that LLUSD has on service, that so many students see the bigger picture in life — it isn’t all about them and their success as far as their grades are concerned now or how much they will earn in the future, but rather what they can give back to the community (through service to the less fortunate, through teaching what they have learned in practice, through leadership on a local or national level).
Last good book you read: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.
Unique hobby or interest: I enjoy creating ways to incorporate exercise into everyday activities. One can exercise a lot without stopping to work out, though setting aside time to work out is very important.
Name: Robbie Huot
Hometown: Saint Cloud, MN
Graduation year: 2018
Position held at chapter: Vice-President
Plans after graduation: Looking ahead, I am very interested in doing a general practice residency after graduation. My five-year plan? Settle down somewhere with the wife, pup, and maybe a little tyke. Owning my own practice has entered my mind more than a couple of times.
Favorite ASDA benefit: The opportunities to network and meet other professionals are very rewarding.
Last good book you read: The Inheritance Cycle
Mac or PC? Mac for sure! Although, that Microsoft Surface is sure looking pretty stellar.
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Beyonce, “Drunk in Love”……..I don’t even know.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My fishing rod
Unique hobby or interest: In the past couple of years, I have taken up fly-fishing and fly-tying. They keep me connected to the outdoors and serve as a way to reflect on my life. Check out my blog at http://flykast.weebly.com/.
Name: Wayne Kye, DDS, MS, FACD
Dental School: New York University College of Dentistry
Position held at dental school: Former Director of Pre-Doctoral Periodontology; currently, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry
Dental school you graduated from: New York University College of Dentistry (DDS); University of Maryland Dental School (Certificate in Periodontics and MS in Oral Biology)
Degree: DDS, MS, Certificate in Periodontics
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? I have always loved teaching. Soon after my post-graduate training in periodontics, I was given an opportunity to become involved in dental academia on a full-time basis and I haven’t looked back since. I am truly grateful to be able enjoy the best of both worlds, being a full-time dental academician and a part-time private practice clinician.
How does ASDA benefit your students? At NYU College of Dentistry, almost all of our student body are members, which is great! ASDA provides an opportunity to make connections and expand your personal and professional networks. They are also at the forefront of legislative issues that affect dental students and helps lay the groundwork for the importance of organized dentistry in their future.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: “Never give up!” Of course, this backfired on us when our kids wanted to go to Toys R’ Us on a late Friday night. When we replied that the store was closed, they replied, “Maybe it’s open. You told us never to give up?”
Last good book you read: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Based on a true story of courage, perseverance and strength.
Unique hobby or interest: Spending time with my wife and two very active and curious young boys.